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Business & Industry

There are numerous industry-specific tools that have been created to help facilities comply with environmental laws.

Small Businesses

Since small businesses often do not have the resources to keep up with the ever-changing world of environmental law, the small business environmental homepage has been created to link small businesses to environmental assistance programs in their area.

The Public Sector

The public sector has its own unique concerns and in some cases, additional environmental regulations. Thus, there are tools specifically-designed to help the Federal community, state/local governments Exit Disclaimerand tribal governments comply with the law.


Statute-Specific Assistance

Most federal environmental requirements are not industry-specific, thus statute-specific tools have been created to help all organizations comply with the law regardless of their mission.

EPA Region 2 knows that there are a myriad of environmental requirements that a facility may be subject to and it may appear overwhelming at first glance. As a result, we created this portal to direct organizations to available tools (e.g. websites, guidance documents, training materials, fact sheets) that are designed to increase a facility's understanding of federal environmental regulations. If the information you are looking for is not here, please feel free to call EPA Region 2's Compliance Assistance Hotline: (212) 637-4050. We will  be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

In the Spotlight

Save the Date: The Sixth Annual National Environmental Partnership Summit Exit Disclaimerwill take place on May 4-8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The theme for this year is Harnessing the Power of Collaboration.

Save the Date: The 2009 Small Business Ombudsman/Small Business Environmental Assistance Program National Conference Exit Disclaimerwill be held on June 1-5, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Agencies Revise Guidance to Protect Wetlands and Streams - (12/3/2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army are issuing revised guidance to ensure America's wetlands, streams and other waters are better protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The guidance clarifies the geographic scope of jurisdiction under the CWA.

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Add Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste to Universal Waste Rule - (11/20/2008) To help provide a streamlined system for disposing of hazardous pharmaceutical waste that is protective of public health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add hazardous pharmaceutical waste to the Universal Waste Rule. The proposal will also facilitate the collection of personal medications that are classified as household hazardous waste so they can be managed properly.

Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule Gains New Amendments - (11/20/2008) New amendments to the SPCC rule will clarify regulatory requirements, tailor requirements to particular industry sectors, and streamline certain requirements for facility owners or operators subject to the rule. With these changes, EPA expects to encourage greater compliance with the SPCC regulations, thus resulting in increased protection of human health and the environment.

Proposed Guidelines to Control Pollution from Construction Sites - (11/19/2008) EPA is seeking comments on its proposed guidelines to control the discharge of pollutants from construction sites. The proposal would require all construction sites to implement erosion and sediment control best management practices to reduce pollutants in stormwater discharges.

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